The Gist: Maria Konnikova on touch, and Dominic Chu on Nasdaq.

Boost Your Immunity by Jumping in a Cuddle Pile

Boost Your Immunity by Jumping in a Cuddle Pile

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 20 2015 7:41 PM

The Cuddle Cure

Can more snuggling really help me keep the flu away?

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Maria Konnikova explains what our hirsuteness has to do with cuddles.

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The Nasdaq Composite Index is closing in on an all-time high. Is the bubble back? Today on The Gist, CNBC markets reporter Dominic Chu explains how the tech sector has changed the index fundamentally. Plus, can snuggling make us healthier? Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker if cuddles are important to our health. For the Spiel, Mike revokes Rudy Giuliani’s credentials as a New Yorker.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.